The moth and the mountain : a true story of love, war and Everest / Ed Caesar ; illustration by Mark Thomas.
Publication year: 2021
Publisher: UK : Penguin Books,
ISBN: 9780241977255 (pbk.) :
Originally published: New York: Avid Reader Press, 2020.
In the 1930s, as official government expeditions set their sights on conquering Everest, a little-known World War I veteran named Maurice Wilson conceived his own crazy, beautiful plan: he would fly a Gipsy Moth aeroplane from England to Everest, crash land on its lower slopes, then become the first person to reach its summit - all utterly alone. Wilson didn't know how to climb. He barely knew how to fly. But he had pluck, daring and a vision - he wanted to be the first man to stand on top of the world. Traumatised by his wartime experiences and leaving behind a trail of broken hearts, Wilson believed that Everest could redeem him. This is the tale of an adventurer unlike any you have ever encountered: an unforgettable story about the power of the human spirit in the face of adversity.
xxvi, 259 pages : illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white) ; 20 cm
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